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New York Marriage Licenses and City Hall Weddings

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New York is one of the most romantic cities in the world – a perfect spot for the wedding of your dreams. Here are some tips for making it official.

Your New York Marriage License

You’ll need a New York marriage license to make it legal. In order to obtain a license, the prospective bride and groom must appear in person at one of the borough offices of the City Clerk of New York:
  • Manhattan Marriage Bureau: 141 Worth Street between Centre and Baxter Streets, 212.669.2400, Hours: 8:30 am to 3:45 pm, Monday through Friday
  • Bronx Marriage Bureau: 851 Grand Concourse near 161st Street, Room B131, 718.590.5307, Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday
  • Brooklyn Marriage Bureau: 210 Joralemon Street near Court Street, Municipal Building, Room 205, 718.802.3585, Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday
  • Queens Marriage Bureau: 120-55 Queens Boulevard near 82nd Avenue, Ground Floor Room X001, 718.286.2829, Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday
  • Staten Island Marriage Bureau: 10 Richmond Terrace, Borough Hall Building, Room 301, 718.816.2290, Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday

Requirements for a New York Marriage License

The bride and groom will be asked to fill out an Affidavit and Application for Marriage License, which asks for personal details including name, address, date of birth, social security number, and marital history.

You’ll need a money order in the amount of $35 (payable to “City Clerk of New York”), proof of your identity, and proof of your age if you are, or appear to, be under eighteen years old.

Acceptable forms of identification include:
  • A valid passport
  • A driver's license, learner's permit, or non-driver ID
  • Military ID
  • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization
  • U.S. Alien Registration Card
  • Employment Authorization Card

A blood test is not required. Your New York marriage license is good for 60 days. Although the marriage license is issued immediately, there is a required waiting period of 24 hours from the time the license is issued. This rule was apparently designed to discourage hasty marital decisions.

Fun Fact From the City Clerk: There is no law against marriage between two cousins in New York State.

Your NYC City Hall Wedding Ceremony

In January 2009, the Manhattan Marriage Bureau got a $12.3 million makeover, moving to a 24,000-square-foot historical building with marble and bronze design details from the structure's original 1920s architecture. With this makeover, New York City hopes to attract more brides and grooms from all over the world and turn Manhattan into a top marriage destination.

Along with the old-world charm, the new Manhattan Marriage Bureau has 21st-century technology and comfort. You can obtain your marriage license or domestic partnership more efficiently with consolidated lines and self-serve computer kiosks. You'll also find a comfortable seating area with video screens and telephone translators with service in 170 languages. You can even pay with your credit card. You can get married at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau for only $25 (payable by credit card or money order payable to the City Clerk). Civil marriage ceremonies are performed in the Manhattan office from 8:30 am to 3:45 pm, Monday through Friday (arrive no later than 3:15 pm).

Couples must have at least one witness over the age of eighteen present at the wedding ceremony (the witness must bring valid identification). After the civil marriage ceremony is performed, a marriage certificate will be issued to you that day.

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